Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
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Anheuser Busch's Michelob Jack's Pumpkin Ale is deceptively decent for a big brewer's pumpkin beer, but it's not even the best pumpkin in St. Louis.
For beer drinkers who like pumpkin ale less as an ale and more as pumpkin pie in a bottle, it doesn't get better than St. Louis-base Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. Nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, clove and vanilla are all front and center, but don't overpower the pumpkin or even pumpkin-saturated-crust flavor.
It's available in six packs, but tread lightly: This is a big beer. At 8% ABV, it packs a much heftier wallop than grandma's pumpkin pie and isn't the brew to take swigs of between Halloween apple-bobbing sessions.
It is, however, one of the more limited runs of pumpkin ale in the country. It's only available in September and October, and brewmaster Jim Ottolini is hard-pressed to keep it in supply. If you happen to have one on hand, hold it more tightly that Linus holds his blanket while waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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